The Pawprints team has been left in shock after taking on a pregnant female that was abandoned. Despite a scan where six puppies could be detected, on the day of arrival a total of 11 puppies were born to Megan!
Followers on our Facebook group have watched for hours as updates on Megan’s progress were uploaded from the maternity unit hastily put together by kind supporters of Pawprints.
Anita (Founder and Midwife) says “We were expecting six, and thought there may be others hiding when scanned, but we could not believe how many pups this poor little girl had inside of her! She was very tired by pup number 8 and we did have to give her a helping hand by breaking some of the bags and umbilical cords, but Megan did a fantastic job of getting them all cleaned and fed. It is quite uncomfortable for her trying to allow all the puppies to suckle at once, but she is managing and we hope that she produces enough milk as under the disguise of being heavily pregnant, she is very thin and underweight. I just want to say a huge thank you to the amazing supporters of Pawprints who have provided everything so far from puppy food to a whelping pen. We are totally overwhelmed at the support Megan has received, a stray unloved and unwanted dog.”
Over 3,500 people are avidly watching “Megan’s Pupdates”, where she posts as herself describing Pawprints staff and volunteers as her “slaves” and talks frankly about how she views her puppies as “wet rats” when they were first born and she was afraid of them!
We have set up a puppy fund to help with the cost of vaccinations, worming, feeding and eventually neutering all of the puppies, which will amount to a significant cost. If you are able to help us support Megan’s babies, you can donate to her cause.
The wider issue…
However cute these puppies are, we must remember that Megan’s babies are sadly representative of a much larger issue with the breeding of dogs in our society. There are simply too many staffies and not enough homes for them – some of our lovely adult dogs have waited for such a long time with very few people showing interest in them.
Sue Hughes, one of our volunteers and Trustees said: “It is lovely that we have helped Megan and all 11 puppies have been born safely, but whilst these puppies may be easy to rehome, it will leave adult dogs, especially the overbred Staffy types simply stuck in rescue. It also takes Pawprints up to double its usual intake which will be a stretch on limited funding and resources. We are then unable to help dogs at immediate risk in local pounds. “
We are hoping that the new puppies will generate more interest in the breed which we believe are “thoroughly and horribly” overbred and we have often worked alongside the RSPCA in Coventry and Nuneaton to highlight this fact.
Megan and her puppies will be looking for new homes in eight weeks time when the pups are old enough to go to new families. If you are interested in rehoming either Megan or one of her pups, please follow our standard adoption process which can be found here
Don’t forget to follow ‘Megan’s Pupdates’!